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September 4, 2019

Lake Carroll

Christine Sucholl, 67

Christine Sucholl, age 67, long-time resident of Lake Carroll, Illinois passed away at home Thursday, August 22, 2019 due to a house fire.

A Celebration of Life service will be held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll, Illinois. A visitation time will be held from 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 3, prior to the service. Family and friends are invited to share in Christine’s life at

Christine was born December 16, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of James David and Amelia (Frivaldsky) Stancil. She is a 1970 graduate of East Leyden High School. On September 8, 1973, Christine married Richard Sucholl at St. Beatrice Church in Schiller Park, Illinois. They raised a daughter and celebrated 45 years of marriage. They moved to Lake Carroll in 1977.

Christine loved spending time with her granddaughter and her family. She loved watching her daughter play her softball games and didn’t miss a single game. She had a natural take charge attitude, and was a thoughtful and loving mother, wife, mother-in-law, daughter, aunt, niece, grandmother and friend.

Christine was a gifted artist who enjoyed creating copper tree of life designs, cross stitching, and attending art shows. She also enjoyed spending time outdoors on gator rides with her husband and friends, camping, going for boat rides, swimming, mowing the lawn and gardening. She enjoyed watching her shows on TV, and especially liked watching cooking shows and duplicating the recipes they were making. Christine was also an animal lover. She enjoyed attending dog shows with her mother and sister. She rescued multiple animals and enjoyed caring for their horse, Jenna, when she was pregnant with her daughter. She liked watching fireworks and hot air balloons, listening to music, and was very active in many Lake Carroll events.

Christine will be dearly missed by her husband, Richard of Lake Carroll; a daughter, Kathryn (Stephen) McCarty of Mundelein, Illinois; a granddaughter, Ella McCarty; and her sister, Sherlynn Stancil of Algonquin, Illinois.

Christine is preceded in death by her parents, James and Amelia Stancil; a sister, Beverly Stancil; two aunts, Anna Dickinson and Marie Kunstman; a cousin, Dolores Kunstman; her mother-in-law, Anne Scholl and a brother-in-law, John Sucholl.


Lela Irene Phillips, 94

Lela Irene Phillips, loving wife and mother passed away on Sunday August 25, 2019 at age 94 at Pleasant View Nursing Home.

Lela was born May 16, 1925 in Orangeville, IL to Orville and Gladys Barker. She married Donald Phillips on January 7, 1945. She and her husband farmed in Orangeville for 31 years and raised four children, Christine (David) Metzger, Steve, Leona (Dave) Wake and Donette (Terry) Simonson. They retired to Lena in January 1977 where they lived for 38 years.

She is survived by her husband Donald of 74 years, her sister Coyla (Edgar) Dahms, brother Viles Barker, 9 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, 1 great great granddaughter, 3 step grandchildren and loved by many other family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Vera and granddaughter Brenda.

Funeral Services were held at 12:00 noon on Friday August 30, 2019 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lena. Visitation was from 10:30 until time of service on Friday, August 31, 2019 at the Church. Burial will be in Salem Shippee Cemetery in McConnell in McConnell, IL. Officiating was Pastor Rev. Rick Bader. A memorial has been established in her name.

She will always be remembered for putting the needs of family as her highest priority. Condolences may be sent to the family at


Gary Alan Shaw, 76

Gary Alan Shaw, age 76, of Lanark, Illinois, formerly of Savanna, Illinois, went home to the Lord on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Wm. S. Memorial Veteran's Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 5, 2019 at St. Wendelin Catholic Church, Shannon, Illinois. Interment with full Military Rites will take place in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Savanna, Illinois. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna with a Scripture Wake Service at 6:30pm. Visitation will also be held from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., Thursday, prior to the Mass at the church in Shannon. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Gary was born March 1, 1943 in Savanna, one of four brothers who mostly grew up in that old railroad town. He remembered much of his growing up years at his Grandmother and Grandfather's home. Gary is a 1962 graduate of the Savanna High School. Fresh out of school, a friend said, "Let’s join the Airforce!" Which is what he did. He served his country in Japan and Berlin, Germany from 1962 to 1966. Returning to Savanna, he went to work at the Milwaukee Railroad. He would say, "Those were the happiest times of my life!" That's when he met Beverly and began a family. He cherished his two daughters and always stayed close. Famous quote, "It is, and isn't, a modern family."

After almost ten years with the Railroad, Gary went to work with his brother, Jim, at the Red & White Grocery Store in Milledgeville Grocery Store business. As the business expanded, Gary worked in several communities including Shannon. After the grocery business, Gary worked at Walmart in Sterling for eight years before his retirement. He settled down in an old converted school house in the country near Lanark, Illinois.

Gary is survived by two daughters, Darcy Ann (Jeff) Dupont of Rock Island, Illinois and Natalie Jean (Chris Zimmer) Shaw of Moline, Illinois; and two brothers, Tom (Barb) Shaw of Mt. Carroll, Illinois and Billy Shaw of Savanna, Illinois. Gary is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jim Shaw.


Ryan Goeke, 33

Ryan Goeke, age 33, passed away on August 24, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family after an extended illness.

Ryan was born on February 27, 1986 in Monroe. Ryan worked for Colony Brands since 2012 as a website content coordinator. He loved his job and fellow co-workers where he had a 5 year period with out absence from work. His family is very appreciative to Colony Brands for allowing flexibility of his work schedule during treatment.

He was always up for new adventures with family and friends. His interests included improving his home, photography, operating his drone and mastering the latest electronic gadgets. Above all else he enjoyed time with his family and friends. Special times were shared with Grandpa Cliff in the wood shop.

Ryan is survived by his parents, Lori Goeke and Dan Holland and Alan (Michelle) Leichter; two siblings, BJ (Anne Marie) Leichter and Chelsea (Steven) Sanders; maternal grandparents, Clifford (Carol) Goeke; paternal grandparents, Jacqueline Summers and Linda Leichter; 2 aunts and uncles, Jody (Brian) Schoeny, Randy (Dina) Dornink and Marcey (Ed) Janansky; a special friend, Brandy Kreul and her daughter, Rylee and several cousins and other relatives.

Ryan was preceded in death by his maternal aunt, Connie Dornink and his paternal grandfather, Henry Leichter.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to his family in his memory.

Funeral services were held at the St. Paul Church of Epleyanna, 8800 E. Eppleyanna Road in Davis on Friday, August 30, 2019 at 11:00 AM. A visitation also took place at the church on Thursday, August 29, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM and also on Friday from 10:00 AM until the time of services. Burial concluded at the St. Paul Church cemetery.


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